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  1. added 2018-02-21
    Ideas and Explanation in Early Modern Philosophy.Kenneth L. Pearce - manuscript
    Malebranche argues that ideas are representative beings existing in God. He defends this thesis by an inference to the best explanation of human perception. It is well-known that Malebranche's theory of vision in God was forcefully rejected by philosophers such as Arnauld, Locke, and Berkeley. However, the notion that ideas exist in God was not the only controversial aspect of Malebranche's approach. Another controversy centered around Malebranche's view that ideas are to be understood as posits in an explanatory theory. Opponents (...)
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  2. added 2018-02-17
    Qualities and Simple Ideas: Hume and His Debt to Berkeley.Alan Nelson & David Landy - 2011 - In Lawrence Nolan (ed.), Primary and Secondary Qualities: The Historical and Ongoing Debate. Oxford University Press. pp. 216-238.
  3. added 2017-02-22
    Berkeley and Malebranche on Ideas.Harry M. Bracken - 1963 - Modern Schoolman 41 (1):1-15.
  4. added 2016-04-26
    Sententialism and Berkeley's Master Argument.Zoltán Gendler Szabó - 2005 - Philosophical Quarterly 55 (220):462–474.
    Sententialism is the view that intensional positions in natural languages occur within clausal complements only. According to proponents of this view, intensional transitive verbs such as 'want', 'seek' or 'resemble' are actually propositional attitude verbs in disguise. I argue that 'conceive' cannot fit this mould: conceiving-of is not reducible to conceiving-that. I offer a new diagnosis of where Berkeley's 'master argument' goes astray, analysing what is odd about saying that Hylas conceives a tree which is not conceived. A sententialist semantics (...)
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  5. added 2016-04-26
    An Alleged Incoherence in Berkeley's Philosophy.Reinaldo Elugardo - 1978 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Supplementary Volume 4:177-189.
  6. added 2016-04-26
    An Ambiguity in Berkeley's Principles.E. J. Furlong - 1964 - Philosophical Quarterly 14 (57):334-344.
  7. added 2016-04-18
    Idea and Ontology: An Essay in Early Modern Metaphysics of Ideas.Marc A. Hight - 2013 - Pennsylvania State University Press.
    The prevailing view about the history of early modern philosophy, which the author dubs “the early modern tale” and wants to convince us is really a fairy tale, has it that the focus on ideas as a solution to various epistemological puzzles, first introduced by Descartes, created difficulties for the traditional ontological scheme of substance and mode. The early modern tale depicts the development of “the way of ideas” as abandoning ontology at least by the time of Berkeley. This, in (...)
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  8. added 2014-10-31
    Revisiting Berkeley's Perceptual Relativity Argument.Melissa Frankel - 2013 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 30 (2):161-176.
  9. added 2014-10-10
    Berkeley on Common Sense and the Privacy of Ideas.David Yandell - 1995 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 12 (4):411 - 423.
  10. added 2014-04-13
    Defending Berkeley's Divine Ideas.Marc A. Hight - 2005 - Philosophia 33 (1-4):97-128.
  11. added 2014-04-02
    Acts, Ideas, and Objects in Berkeley's Metaphysics.Melissa Frankel - 2013 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 43 (4):475-493.
    Berkeley holds that objects in the world are constituted of ideas. Some commentators argue that for Berkeley, ideas are identical to acts of perception; this is taken to proceed from his view that ideas are like pains. In this paper, I evaluate the identity claim. I argue that although it does not follow from the pain analogy, nonetheless the texts suggest that Berkeley does think ideas and acts are identical. I show how Berkeley can account for objects persisting over time (...)
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  12. added 2014-03-31
    Berkeley's Dualistic Ontology.Talia Mae Bettcher - 2008 - Análisis Filosófico 28 (2):147-173.
    In this paper I defend the view that Berkeley endorses a spirit-idea dualism, and I explain what this dualism amounts to. Central to the discussion is Berkeley's claim that spirits and ideas are "entirely distinct." Taken as a Cartesian real distinction, the "entirely distinct" claim seems to be at odds with Berkeley's view that spirits are substances that support ideas by perceiving them. This has led commentators to deflate Berkeley's notion of "entire distinction" by reading it as analogous to the (...)
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  13. added 2013-09-25
    Berkeley's Way Towards Constructivism, 1707-1709.Bertil Belfrage - 2011 - In Timo Airaksinen & Bertil Belfrage Airaksinen (eds.), Berkeley's Lasting Legacy: 300 Years Later. Cambridge Scholars Press.
    George Berkeley opens the Principles (Part I) with "a Survey of the Objects of Human Knowledge" including such ideas "as are perceiv'd by attending to the Passions and Operations of the Mind." Scholars have rejected this passage as being "philosophically impossible," not seriously meant, just a reference to John Locke's ideas of reflection, or not at all about "ideas." It is true, in a few unpublished manuscripts Berkeley used the term "ideas" for image-pictures of particular things (the Old Paradigm). But, (...)
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  14. added 2013-06-26
    Berkeley on the Relation of Ideas to the Mind.Charles J. McCracken - 1992 - In Phillip D. Cummins & Guenter Zoeller (eds.), Minds, Ideas, and Objects: Essays in the Theory of Representation in Modern Philosophy. Ridgeview Publishing Company.
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  15. added 2013-02-14
    Ideas, Minds, and Berkeley.George S. Pappas - 1980 - American Philosophical Quarterly 17 (3):181 - 194.
    A number of commentators on the work of berkeley have maintained that berkeleyan minds are related to ideas by the relation of inherence. Thus, Ideas are taken to inhere in minds in something like the way that accidents were supposed to inhere in substances for the aristotelian. This inherence account, As I call it, Is spelled out in detail and critically evaluated. Ultimately it is rejected despite its considerable initial plausibility.
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  16. added 2012-03-18
    Marc A. Hight. Idea and Ontology: An Essay in Early Modern Metaphysics of Ideas. [REVIEW]Samuel C. Rickless - 2009 - Berkeley Studies 20:22-33.
    Marc A. Hight has given us a well-researched, well-written, analytically rigorous and thoughtprovoking book about the development of idea ontology in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The book covers a great deal of material, some in significant depth, some not. The figures discussed include Descartes, Malebranche, Arnauld, Locke, Leibniz, Berkeley, and Hume. Some might think it a tall order for anyone to grapple with the central works of these figures on a subject as fundamental as the nature of ideas. (...)
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